Originally Posted by IGOTGAME
I agree that Melo should be on the team..I know he would kill it in FIBA...
I do disagree that he is more suited to play FIBA style then Kobe...Kobe is the most skilled player in the world... He is also a good defensive player who has lost a ton ton of weight in order to gain that defensive prowless back..Plus Kobe seems to be the one guy that International players fear and his presense alone with greatly distort zones because of the great respect they have towards him..
Kobe's problem is that he falls into the habit of taking bad, contested shots at times. Granted, he's the most likely to make those shots of any player on the face of the planet, but they are still bad shots, and all the more so in international competition. And Melo is much more adept at not being the focus of the offense than Kobe, which is a valuable trait on team USA.
And the other things you mentioned are certainly reasons that Kobe may be more valuable than Melo, but they don't make him more effective offensively in FIBA.